China’s state council has unexpectedly reversed a 25-year ban on using tiger bones and rhinoceros horn for scientific and medical purposes, while promising stricter controls. “Under the special circumstances, regulation on the sales and use of these products will be strengthened, and any related actions will be authorized, and the trade volume will be strictly controlled,” a statement by the council read. The ban was originally put in place in 1993 after China joined the Convention on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, an international pro-conservation alliance. There have also been efforts urging traditional medicine practitioners to stop using parts of endangered animals. In 2010, the Chinese Medicine Societies removed rhino horn and tiger bone from its list of approved products for patients.
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